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I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Mill Street Music Festival brings Drivin N Cryin

After missing last week, and writing an article on Drew Parker's new single "Slow Down Small Town", it's good to be back with ...

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Our imagination can help us sense the world in a different way. We all need those special places where we can see more than the ...

April 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Club responds to needs shared by missionaries

The Covington Women's Club recently hosted missionaries from Costa Rica, who spoke about their work in the Central American country.

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Behind the musical: Shrek

The students of the Arts Association of Newton County were busy this weekend, performing Shrek the Musical in front of the crowds at Newton High ...

April 19, 2016 | Lily Mayfield | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The family and home should be at the very core of any young life. When these turn against the child or youth, where does one ...

April 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Happy April; time to get growing

It's time to break some ground and get growing. Maybe it's time to break out of that rut of growing four tomato plants ...

April 17, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LIVING


Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician ...

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music ...

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all ...

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington ...

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton ...

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There ...

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


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Laseter, Harrison receive scholarships

Two Newton County students won visual art scholarships recently through Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING


Learning the ancient lands

All around are stones. The buildings are mason-crafted from sandstone. Many of the street walks are cobbled in smooth rock. And the land of Edinburgh is itself a mass of stone, a fortress of a city spied upon by the castle at the heights. This is Scotland's capital, and it's been my temporary home for a week after an overnight sleeper train from London. E dinburgh is Scotland, and Scotland has been a mystery all my life, until now. It's not that I have decoded all of Scotland's mysteries; it's just that the land and ...

May 17, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Have you ever thought...

The tradition of observing Mother's Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.

May 10, 2015 | Wiley Stevens | LIVING


Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


McCoy: Ultimate power

I really liked the music playing in the restaurant. The songs were classics from the '70s and '80s, including a good number of New Wave tunes - Blondie being the best example. I asked my server about the station, and she said, it was the owner's favorite, and later, told me that if they tried to change it, (the owner) would fire us.

April 12, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Easter memories

Many of you of a certain age will remember Kessler's Department store in downtown Atlanta. I never shopped there, but I loved the Easter ads that would come on television, interrupting my mindless enjoyment of Gilligan's Island, Leave it To Beaver, and all the other shows that Ted Turner gave us before he became a famous Montana rancher. A girl's voice - pleasant and youthful - would tell us how nice we'd look in our new Easter clothing, if we'd just venture down to Kessler's and make a purchase. The Kessler's ad was an Easter ...

April 05, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind - unlike the real world - was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

March 29, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools' Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

March 29, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


In Bloom

Georgia is in bloom, and Georgia Perimeter College is preparing to celebrate spring with a two-day meeting of the minds at its annual Daffodil Festival.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LIVING


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